Abel Tasman VillageAbel Tasman Village, or its official name on maps – Marahau has a long history of settlement by the Maori.

Both of the known meanings for Marahau – ‘garden with the right amount of wind’ or ‘fertile land’ – ring true during different times of the year. The Maori grew abundant kumara (Sweet Potato) in the Marahau Valley. They also knew Marahau as ‘the place of strong women’ or ‘place of magic’.


Today, Abel Tasman Village is a small township of a few hundred residents, swelling in spring with tourists and tourism workers descending on the area. Blessed with a warm and temperate climate with some of New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine hours. Even in winter the average temperature is just over 12C, and many of these days are calm and crystal clear.

The golden sand beach though tidal, is beautiful for swimming, a picnic or just soaking up the sun.


Along with a lovely beach, Abel Tasman Village can boast almost 30 businesses focused on visitors to the village. The great thing is it still maintains a real feel of a small seaside town, despite being the gateway to the National Park.


  • Hooked – waterfront cafe, garden bar & restaurant
  • Park Cafe – cafe and a la carte restaurant
  • The Fat Tui – iconic burger van


Because of its proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park, the village is home to largest water taxi company in the area, six or more kayak companies, canyoning adventures, eco-tours and a range of other activities around the Abel Tasman. It really is the ideal place to begin your Abel Tasman adventure.

Water Taxi


We recommend any of these excellent kayaking teams. All offer a range of kayaking trips. You can also mix in some walking to your kayak trip providing lots of options.

Other Great Ways to Experience The Abel Tasman